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RISD Tuition & Cost

Providence, Rhode Island

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Sticker Price

Costs for Rhode Island School of Design
Fee Cost
Other Fees$1,070
Books and Supplies$2,700
Room and Board $15,234
Other Expenses Budget$3,500

Annual Tuition & Costs

The annual tuition to attend Rhode Island School of Design is $56,435. The cost is the same for both in-state and out-of-state students. Room and board fees are an additional $15,234. For educational materials, students should allocate approximately $2,700 for books and supplies plus $1,070 for other fees charged by the school. Finally, students should budget $3,500 for miscellaneous expenses throughout the year. With all these fees considered, the expected total cost to attend Rhode Island School of Design on a full-time basis is $78,939 per annum.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $15,234 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in Providence should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and educational supplies is $2,700.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,500 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,500 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

All price data is sourced from the 2022/2023 U.S. Department of Education National Center for Education Statistics survey.
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Net Price

The average reported annual net price for Rhode Island School of Design for students receiving grants or scholarship aid was $39,800* in 2019/2020. Net price includes tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and average cost for room and board and other expenses.

Average Net Price 2019/2020


Below is the average net price by student family income.

Net Price by Income Rhode Island School of Design
Family Income Net Price Paid
$0 to $30,000$23,458
$30,001 to $48,000$23,018
$48,001 to $75,000$35,107
$75,001 to $110,000$42,436

The net price provides a more realistic estimate of the true cost of attending Rhode Island School of Design, once common grants and scholarships have been taken into account. It's important to note that your net price will fluctuate based on factors such as family income, assets and individual financial need. Net price is the out-of-pocket total cost that students end up paying or financing though student loans.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2019/2020 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Financial Aid

34% of full-time undergrad Rhode Island School of Design received financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, fellowships from the institution or from Federal, State or local government agencies. This aid averaged $37,480 per student during the 2019/2020 school year. Grant and scholarship aid does not need to be paid back.

Pell Grants

13 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2019/2020 was $5,426. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Rhode Island School of Design, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Student Loans

34% of students received Federal Student Loans averaging $5,375 and 2% of undergrads took out private student loans averaging $27,407.

Finanical Aid Rhode Island School of Design
Type Avg./Student Students Receiving
Total Grant and Scholarship Aid $37,480 34%
Institutional Grants and Scholarships $34,950 34%
Pell Grants $5,426 13%
Other Federal Grants $1,000 13%
State and Local Grants $0 0%
Federal Student Loans $5,375 34%
Other Student Loans $27,407 2%

Financial Aid Mix - $78,939 Total Cost

CollegeSimply has modeled example payment coverage for the annual tuition and living expenses of $78,939. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

50% - $37,480

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Rhode Island School of Design or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Student Loans

7% - $5,375

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket Cost

43% -  $32,584

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

Student Loans

To gauge a more realistic picture of what it really could cost you out of pocket to go to Rhode Island School of Design, we've modeled a ten year student loan with an original principal value of $159,200. The loan balance of $159,200 is a four year multiple of the $39,800 average net price. This is a estimate of what you could owe upon graduation if you were to qualify for average financial aid and what a degree really may cost. Should you not qualify for financial aid, you may owe significantly more when you graduate. Based on these assumptions, a monthly repayment of $1,728 could be required to pay off your student loan. The total of all payments including interest would sum $207,328.60.

Please note that financial aid is not guaranteed and is only available for qualifying students. Federal Student Loans are not grants and must be repaid with interest. The current Stafford loan interest rate is 5.5%.

Example Loan $159,200
Stafford Loan Interest Rate 5.5%
Time to Pay Off Student Loan 10 years
Example Monthly Payment $1,727.74
Total Interest Paid $48,128.60
Sum of All Loan Payments $207,328.60

Student Loan Affordability

In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Rhode Island School of Design, should consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $207,328.60 would be needed to afford a $1,727.74 monthly payment in the example $159,200.00 loan modeled above. This assumes a repayment over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below. View statistics about Rhode Island School of Design student loan debt and graduate salaries under student outcomes.

Projected 4 Year Degree Price

4 Year Sticker Price

Year All Residents
1 $78,939
2 $81,671
3 $84,497
4 $87,422

Based on published tuition prices, we estimate the current cost of a 4 year bachelor's degree and living expenses at Rhode Island School of Design to be $315,756 - assuming graduation in normal time. The estimation assumes a 3.5% annual increase over the next 4 years which has been the recent trend for this school.

Tuition Payment Plans Available

Rhode Island School of Design Payment Plans
Tuition Payment Plan Yes
Prepaid Tuition Plan No
Alternative Tuition Plan Yes
Guaranteed Tuition Plan No

Tuition History

Historical tuition and price increases for Rhode Island School of Design.

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Is it Worth the Cost?

To make a comparative assessment if RISD is worth the price, measures of it's relative value for tuition dollar can be examined. We've calculated an academic national percentile rating of 80.71/100 for Rhode Island School of Design. Considering an average net price paid of $39,800, this leads to an overall value ranking of 58/100. This places the school 328th on our national Best Value Colleges ranking as a provider of a very high value education compared to actual overall price paid.

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=217493 IPEDS survey data for Rhode Island School of Design.